Committee for NYC/N.J. Super Bowl is confident

To say that representatives of the committee making the New York/New Jersey bid for the Super Bowl XLVIII are confident about their chances for success would be an understatement.

Hall of Famer Kelly impressed with Tebow

After a recent dinner with Tim Tebow, former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly said he’d be comfortable recommending to the Bills’ decision-makers that they take the ex-Florida Gator with their second-round pick.

Shanahan likely to meet with Bills officials next week

Mike Shanahan has emerged as the Bills’ “No. 1 candidate” to become their full-time coach after the season, according to a source close to the team.

U.S. Ambassador to Ireland in the house

Steelers chairman Dan Rooney is on hand for the game, but he won’t be attending many others the rest of the season.

Snoop Dogg causing a commotion outside press box

As I approached the press entrance to Heinz Field, I noticed a sudden commotion outside the door. My natural reporter’s instincts required me to investigate. It turned out that the cause of all the fuss was rapper Snoop Dogg, who was posing for photos while surrounded by his entourage.

Hard-hitting Lions won’t get pushed around in 2009

One of the first impressions that you draw from the Lions’ training-camp practices is that this looks like a much tougher and more physical club than the one they had last year.

Kids help the kids at Lions camp

Most of the kids carrying helmets for Lions players onto the practice field at training camp are 13 or 14 years old. Then there was the 20-year-old holding the helmet of 21-year-old rookie QB Matthew Stafford.

Lions huddle up with’s Brandt

Gil Brandt, contributor and Sirius NFL Radio co-host, was invited by coach Jim Schwartz to address the Detroit Lions at midfield after their first practice on Wednesday.

Packers fans react to Favre news

Packers fans were watching a team walk-through when news came across TV monitors inside the Lambeau Field Atrium that Brett Favre was on his way to Minnesota. Not many of them were surprised.

Packers showing some fight in camp

There have been about a half-dozen fights in practice — including three in one session — since training camp opened on Aug. 1.

Fairly light turnout for Packers’ walk-through

This summer, the Packers have been using the newly renovated Ray Nitschke Field for training camp.

Haley’s camp taking a toll on Chiefs veterans

RIVER FALLS, Wis. — New Chiefs coach Todd Haley is running one of the toughest and hardest-hitting training camps in the league.

The Chiefs have been in pads for all but one day since camp opened on Aug. 1. Veteran observers of the team say it’s the most hitting the Chiefs have done in camp since 1998, Marty Schottenheimer‘s final season as head coach.

Chiefs’ Johnson appears fast after dropping weight

Running back Larry Johnson reported to Chiefs’ training camp at 222 pounds, about 13 pounds lighter than his consistent weight through the first six years of his NFL career.

The T.O. show begins in Buffalo

Terrell Owens has an impressive debut with the Buffalo Bills.

Highlights of the Hall of Fame enshrinees dinner

Don Criqui, master of ceremonies for Friday night’s Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinees dinner, had a couple of pretty good lines about 90-year-old Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson, a member of the Class of 2009.

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